Stryd Goes Running In Kona

Stryd, a company that made the first wearable running power meter, is based out of Colorado and 303 has been following them for the last couple years. They just won the Hype Foundation’s Global Innovation in Sports Competition in Rio, so we were definitely interested in what they were showing everyone here in Kona. 

One of the things Stryd did was to allow athletes to take the footpod for a run and then review the data to get a taste of the technology. On Tuesday morning I showed up to their tent around 7am, and met Adam. He set me up with the new footpod (the previous version was a heart rate strap) and off I went for a run down Ali’i drive. I was on the rolling hills, and changed up the pace here and there to see what would happen.

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When I returned, Adam uploaded the data to the Stryd software (it’s online) and we looked at the metrics. I had never run with the Stryd unit before, so I couldn’t get a whole lot of meaning from the numbers, but rather see the trends of the metrics as I increased the pace, slowed down, ran uphill, and downhill. Sure enough, when we reviewed the data, the big picture data showed what I’d expect – power that was steady when I ran, and when I pushed the pace it went up.

On Wednesday afternoon, Stryd set up an all-star panel at Huggo’s with coaches Frank Jakobsen, Jim Vance, and Andrew Coggan (he Skyped in), one of the co-founders of Stryd, Jamie Williamson, as well as IRONMAN champion Craig Alexander. The panel was moderated by Bob Babbitt.

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The panel discussed a little of the history of the company, the benefit of using the power metric in running, some of the differences between analyzing bike power data and running power. They also stressed that this is very new so the data is being collected. The more feedback they can get from coaches and athletes using a Stryd unit, the better the data analysis will get over time, and the better the product can be.

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The panel then took questions from the audience. Some of them were existing Stryd users, and some were just now learning about the technology. Then Jamie gave a short presentation with a little more technical talk of the data from the Stryd unit. Jim Vance also had copies of his book available for purchase.

 

These kinds of events here in Kona are fantastic. Not only are athletes (whether racing or not) and coaches around essentially everything triathlon, it’s an educational and networking environment as well.

Boulder startup Stryd wins gold in Rio with running power meter

Gwen Jorgensen of the United States wins the women's triathlon competition of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (Gregory Bull / AP)
Gwen Jorgensen of the United States wins the women’s triathlon competition of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (Gregory Bull / AP)

By Shay Castle
Boulder Daily Camera Staff Writer

Athletes weren’t the only ones representing Boulder on the podiums in Rio the past few weeks.

Startup Stryd also won gold, of a sort, coming out tops in a global sports technology innovation competition hosted in concurrence with The Games.

Stryd, which makes the world’s first power meter for runners, beat out eight teams from around the world to claim the 100,000 euro grand prize.

“It was humbling,” said CEO Robert Dick. “This wasn’t just a local competition; it was the best sports technology in the world. A lot of these guys have great ideas.”

Stryd was one of a handful of Boulder businesses with a presence at the Olympics, and one of three tech companies whose products shared athlete’s spotlight on the podium.

The U.S. women’s cycling team, which bikes outfitted with specially made power meters from Boulder’s Stages Cycling, claimed silver in the team pursuit.

And Gwen Jorgensen became the first American to win the triathlon. The Minnesota resident and two-time world champion is an official partner of Boulder’s Training Peaks, and has been using its software to analyze her training for several years.

Read full article here.

Running with Power: Stryd wins Hype Foundation’s Global Innovation in Sport Competition

strydLast week in Rio, eight world finalists competed for the title of Most Innovative Sports Technology Company. They pitched their technologies to a panel of judges from Nike, Under Armour, Golden St. Warriors, and other leading brands. Stryd claimed the title and 100,000 Euro prize. Representing Stryd, Angus Nelson described the Stryd power meter, a wearable sensor and training system that improves running performance and training results.

This victory comes on the heels of Stryd’s recent announcement of their new product for runners and triathletes. Stryd shows runners which conditioning and form changes improve their efficiency (economy). It also helps runners control training intensity and pace themselves for maximal race-day performance. The Stryd training system includes power-based training plans developed with world-class coaches and physiologists.

Also in Rio, on August 18, Olympic athlete Ben Kanute used the new Stryd to monitor his performance and efficiency in the Olympic Triathlon event. Stryd is now collaborating with Ben and his coaches to analyze these data and plans to release findings when analysis is complete and stakeholders grant permission.